What we're about

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The mission of this group is its name. 
This group is the 'little sister' group to "I Wanted to do that."  It will have only the key signature events of that group without an of the outside event organizers. 
This group is for anyone who loves travel. Whether you just want to go somewhere down the street or the other side of the world, come join us as we explore options of travel. Do you want an adventure? Visit museums? Go on sightseeing tours? Go shopping? Try a new restaurant or revisit your favorite ones? Watch a concert or sporting event?.
We welcome everyone and all things travel. Be prepared to tell us where you've been; where you would like to go next; who you would like to go with; and what you would like to do.
The mission of this group is its name. 
. . . . . Have you ever wanted to do a road trip but did not have people to join you? 
. . . . . . Have you ever wanted to do a complicated overseas trip and wanted a travel buddy (or buddies) to help you plan and go with you? 
. . . . . . Have you ever wanted to go camping but all the camping and hiking groups are all too hardcore and you want simple car camping?

It will be a friendly group of like minded geeks and nerdy travelers who share a passion for visiting local or long distance destinations, or for those thinking about travel or world travel for the first time.


The aim will be to meet monthly for drinks in the city. The objective is to make new friends, share travel stories, tips and thoughts about exciting places that we've visited, or plan to visit in the near future and to remind ourselves why people who travel the world are such good fun to be around.

There will not be presentations, slide shows and we will not allow commercial ventures to be pushed on you. Travel companies looking to promote their commercial services won't be here. This is aimed at populist travel. As leads . . . . we will make sure to steer when needed.

Meet Ups are based upon your personal interaction with other members within the group. There is no formal meeting agenda for these events. However you prefer to travel, we hope to see you at an event soon.

Seriously . . . let's post a road trip!!!


This is a non-commercial, social travel group. Promotion of goods, services or the solicitation of Members at Meet Ups, through the Meet Up messaging portal, Message Boards or via this website in any other way, by commercial organizations, non-commercial organizations, or by individuals is contrary to the spirit of the group and will result in expulsion from the group at the sole discretion of the group leadership.  Message Board solicitations may be deleted by the Organizer without notice. 
This group aims to be positive and safe environment for members to experience things that, for whatever reasons, you longed for but weren't able to do before. Everyone is welcome. 
Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse city. We have the opportunity to explore it and make new friends while doing so. Meetup is one of the few (maybe only) websites dedicated to having it's participants get offline and do things in reality. 
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. (William Butler Yeats ) 
This is a place where everyone can just come as they are, and mingle with people who are like them AND who are NOT like them. We are not limited, restricted or exclusive by age, gender, gender preference, national origin, relationship status, etc. To put it more simply this group is open to all. All ages, all genders, all sexual orientations, all types - And that includes you!!! 
There are plenty of meetups that exclude based of one reason or another. Or there plenty meetups where people self segregate. This meetup is neither of those. Diversity is coveted here. People are not monochrome and neither are we. You will fit in perfectly and find a lot of folks who just like you in certain aspect, and differ from you in others. It's the good kind of variety of life. 
Some events on this group may specify limits at times. Those will be clearly noted when needed. At times they may be age delineated, or even gender related. Limits are placed often as a means to control size. The event can then be repeated/recycled with a different limit range. If there is an event you really wish to go to with a limit, . . . please contact me. You can be the impetus and the catalyst for the next event in the different limit/range. Other times the limit can be waived or bent as needed. 
Challenge yourself and importantly, BE yourself and expand your horizons and comfort zone. Let your hair down! Go wild! Be open minded and be non-judgmental. The group is based off quality events to bring people together from positive social interaction. Anyone who wants to explore an alternative, bohemian, experimental, strange, obscure, weird, wild, absurd, bizarre, avant garde, unconventional, wild-at-heart side of Los Angeles is welcome! 
In the interest of making events successful . . . I will spread events across other meetup groups to bump up attendance. For as you know, . . . sometimes people don't show up. Some Organizers get really bent out of shape about that. I do however know that life happens. Even if it's 10 mins before the event. Just change your rsvp. No worries. No harm-no foul. There is not any sort strikes or penalty system, and there is nobody keeping score. The exception will be if it is listed as a "no flake" event. On those you gotta give good notice of changes. It's about fun and community. What I have found is that by being mellow and and having good events more show up. We tend to have 80% or more attendance. I approach with compassion. So if you don't make one event or another. . . try and make it to the next, or the one after that. When you do make it, .. . . we will be glad you are there and all are welcome. 
Here are the basics of group rules. 
Do NOT contact members who you have not met in real life. 
Avoid Put Downs.
Speak For Yourself.
Listen To Others.
You Have The Option To Pass.
Expect Unfinished Business. 
While there are flexible attendance rules. There are sex/gender related rules. As a guideline do not message people you have not met in person. This is not an online dating place. Ladies: If a guy messages you please contact me. There have been problems with that happening over meetup in general. It's just not cool. Meetup is about real life and not virtual. Guys, . . . get off your computer and come to an event. Say hello in person. Smile, . . . be personable and decent. And just be there to get to know people and make friends of whatever gender. You can always use new good friends. And this is one way to make/meet them. Wingman tactics and and Pickup artist tactics are similarly not allowed in this group. Organizers of another group that are not an organizer or host here are also not allowed to solicit members. 
The rest of the rule are just good ways to live and be. 
Photo and Name: You are allowed to join with whatever name and whatever photo. HOWEVER the main organizers may request you change either name or photo a their discretion. Names that are products, promotional, advertisements are red flags that will be requested to change or be removed.         If you are using a photo that is not your face, a current face photo may be requested. Here is the rule of thumb. Fake name and fake photo will be requested to change to a real photo and a real name or face removal. Real photo and fake name is usually fine. Fake photo and real name is usually fine. 
IF you need to maintain privacy of both then contact the main organizers and just ask. That's all it takes usually.

All organizers on the group do have different set of rules. 
The rules simplified. 
• No Emailing (do not use the bulk email feature in any way)
• No outside links 
• Great Copy 
• Great Pix
• 4 weeks notice is best. 
• List any money costs in the first 2 or 3 lines. 
Not too many rules. Not too complicated. They all have to do with respect for the membership. 
Let's talk a little more about age: Are you in your 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s ? (btw some write 20's 30's 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's ). I am often asked "What age range is this group?" 20 40 maybe? 30 50 perhaps? Or even 60 70. Forties ( forty's forty ), Fifties ( fifty's fifty ) of sixties ( sixty's sixty ) or older does matter. 24-39 3000 20+ 30+ 50+ 60+ & under or over. We are just aiming at good community. 
Yeah, . . . All that is great, . . . But I still have one question, . . . What age is your group? 
Age is a state of mind. And our state (this group) has no borders. 
If so then you may be looking for us! 
We do NOT discriminate by age, sex or gender, gender preference, origin, religion, belly button lint, etc . . . .
Do you enjoy friendship, activities, key networking, casual socializing, parties learning, sharing, inspiration? You do!?!?! How about personal and professional development with active nerd adult ( adults ) who like adventure ( adventurers, adventures, adventurous ) stuff that may involve silly dance game ( games ) and cool nerds with addicting, amazing fun? Great!!!! There will be sweet things to discover while engaging in retro revival underground unique geeky exploration of fringe play plus speed punk quirky sophisticated spectacular geek socials with high society making savvy friends. It will be an offbeat odyssey of an outing to nerdy paradise and we will party at random places (see locations below). Come and share fine no flake ( flakes ) fun that is free or inexpensive and goes late into the lovely night. Left, right or center, we will live life together and enjoy. 
We do some sports related events. Are you interested in teammates players for your sport or hobby? Such as bowling, trivia, camping, biking, hike, hikes, hiking, snowboarder, snowboarding, ski, skiing, kayaking? Or even related to bmi, exercise, fitness, healthy, lock pong, recreation, recreational, outdoor, york Halloween, mammoth mountain, St Patrick's, Ensenada, un scrabble solitaire poker or more!!! We run the range.  
A bigger majority of what we are cultural ( culture ), language, travel, music, arts, festival, performance, crave, dining, exotic, restaurant, food, foodie, architecture, art, artistic, urban, or ballet. But it does not stop there. We also do comedy, concert ( concerts ), cook, cooking, theater, theatre, culinary, cultural, tours, sub-culture, subculture sponge ( sponges ), performances, dances, dancing, museums, musical ( musicals ), bars, foodies, dinner, dinning, bbq, beach, restaurants, trips, cruise ( cruises ), cuisine.  And even with all that we still to even more!!! Including, flea n farmer (farmers) market ( markets ), boutique, burlesque, crafting, craft, create, creating, sushi, pho, pizza, tastings, tickets, kim chi, tai kimchi, deserts, eating, festivals, film, films, galleries, games, karaoke, movies, sutra kama karma.And now the important question. Did we miss one? Oh. . . OK then, . . Send that so we can add it to the list.  
Aside from the High Brow we do engage in the Low Brow such as wine, beer, drink, bar hopping, dive bars ( dives ), rave ( raver ravers raves raving ), hip-hop hiphop, hole holes-in-walls, crawl crawls, trance techno, dubstep, night nightclub, nightlife, nights. As well as classic club clubbing, clubs eclectic, edm electro electronica, pubs, pub speak, speakeasy, drinks, meet meeting mix mixer mixers mixing, greet, happy hour hours haunts, Did somebody say volunteer mingle? Let's DoLA or make a Timeout and TimeoutLA. LAist anyone? 
So the High Brow and the Low Brow get together and make up THE KNOW BROW and that is all about people and who makes us up.  
By ethnicity we very much match the instagram ethnic makeup of Los Angeles with Caucasian and Non Hispanic Whites, Latino, Black or African American, Native American,Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and others such as Middle Eastern such as Arab or Israeli, and many more from across the global atlas.
Different than ethnicity is Nationality, or National Origin. And again . . . from that we run the range European, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, Indian, Taiwanese (Taiwan), Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese ( China, Cantonese, Mandarin ), Hong Kong Mexican ( Mexico ), and more and more. Even USC or UCLA 
And that makes for sooooooooo many languages. We like language and the culture it is able to unlock It brings English, Spanish second ESL and ELL and ASL are big here. Hebrew, Yiddish, German, French, And the gamut of others to translate ( translation translator ) with class (classes). 
Tolerance is a main tenet here as we are Christian ( Catholic, Mormon, etc), Jewish (Jew Jews), Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, tech Scientology and more. And even Republican, Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Libertarian, Bernie / BernieCrat, or even Trump or Trumpian or Scientologist. This is a big tent and since it's decent social we will all be decent. 
What it comes down to is we are making new friends ( friend freind freinds ) and to be friendly. Almost like finding your entourage Made up of Men (man men's mens) and women ( woman women's ) and non-binary too. Members may be young or old, married, single ( divorce divorced separated and never married ) or coupled (couple as part of a committed relationship / relationships ). Many are likely singles and looking to date in one way or another. Going on dates or dating is fine. But it does NOT happen via using the group like Tinder, Match.com, POF or eharmony. 
This group is about real life. So online messaging of people you have not met in real life is not allowed. Why such a rule? 
Because it is heterosexist of you to assume that all people are interested in you. Like is says above there are married or those in committed relationships. There is is also the range of sexual preference in the group. Gay, lesbian girls lgbt lgbtq queer bi poly swing swinger swinging and any sort of variation such as transsexual and transgender. We do accept all. Even rs40 and rso40. We do NOT accept SpeedDating or Speedating or whatever you call it. It's forbidden. 
Whoever you find cute, hot, sexy or find attraction to that comes in person. Plenty a match and romance or spark may happen. You may find your love (or lover). But you also may just make great friends girlfriend ( girlfriends ). It's just down to good decent social. Conscious communication and engagement that makes for self-improvement and improvement of others. Conversation and network or networking of professionals. That's just smart l33t leet api entrepreneur groupting that will lead to inspirational international consciousness. 
We just added Game of Thrones GOT and The Walking Dead viewing parties. 
Where do you do events? We do them ALL OVER!!!! I have taken the time to look at past events and the cities they have happened in and near and put it together with the upcoming location too. Our groups IS different, . . . we DO range all over the city. Here are where we HAVE BEEN, and where we are GOING!! All of it is obscure or obscura.
So I have gone in great detail to cover who we are and what we do. This is accurate and verifiable by going to our past events and looking that what we have done. This is all fact based on the breadth, scope and mission of this group. 
If you have made it this far. Then watch this and then, . . .get off social media and on meetup. The social part of social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEWnXmDfVZg
This group is also very Reddit and Redditor affiliated. As such redditors events will be doing activities that do involve meme memes dank redidit subeddit snu snoo lurker boardgames board gaming gamer video cardgames card cards against humanity computers anime internet upvote downvote vote secret santa harry potter wow world warcraft karma programming digg cheap low cost nsfw league legends wtf youtube hearthstone twitch csgo narwhals bacon bacons midnight overwatch lol bernie sanders front page reddiyt r/all homepage android apple iphone mac samsung s6 s7 s8 r mobile funny dota dota2 nba politics discussion pokemon aww askreddit app apps comicon comic con convention disneyland disney diy diablo rams dodgers raiders cosplay star trek wars trekkie scifi sci-fi science fiction gif troll thrones got comment comments ama til today i learned ask me anything steam pc independent yorker independents artemis jackbox jack box com firefly serenity citizen& something comedy urban nightlife foodies friendship sierra wine food drinks dining american ny karaoke  
And the other members will have events involving cuisine recreation organizations snowboarding recreational fitness pubs eating culinary consciousness psychology philosophy growth conversation snowboarder theatre theater performances movies films creating galleries museums speak easy speakeasy opening nights music film festivals dancing street performance literature hikes greet tastings tours crawls outdoor activities beer * " ! +

Upcoming events (4+)

Everest Base Camp and Galapagos Preparation & Planning Zoom. CONFIRMED ONLY

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This Zoom is ONLY for confirmed participants for EBC and Galapagos only. (yes we did say only twice)

6pm-7:30pm PDT - Everest Base Camp Participants Meet and Discussion
7:30pm-9:00pm PDT - Galapagos Participants Meet and Discussion

We will be doing SEVERAL of these Attendees Only Events.
The goal of this is:
Detail Specific info on the event.
Latest updates.
Social Time to meet and talk with the others going.

We will be discussing MANY aspects of the trip.

  • Airfare
    -Schedule - overall schedule for the whole event
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Covid
  • Clothing
  • Currency
  • Electrical Plugs
  • Battery Backups
  • Cel phone coverage
  • Food?
    What are hotels and trains like?

And soooooooooooo much more. IF you have other questions you can also message them to us ahead of time and we will add them.

To message us:


IF you are Confirmed for any of these two events you are able to attend this zoom

If you are just "interested" but have not made deposit we do have a zoom every other week for all our international trips.
Overseas Q & A monthly:

We will be discussing all our other well planned curated trips:

May 13 New York and London - A Tale of Two Cities!

June 9 Costa Rica Eco Adventure: Waterfalls, Snorkeling, Zip lines, Rafting, Volcanos !

June 26 Spain Culinary & Cultural Exploration w/Running of the Bulls! Gaudi & Paella

June 30 Greek Island Dreams and Ancient Lands w/ Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete

Aug 12 EPIC MACHU PICCHU! Find Your Path: Salcantay Route, Inca Trail or Train

Sep 14 Meetup on Orient Express. Autumn in Paris Venice Prague Vienna Budapest Istanbul


Nov 24 THANKSGIVING 2023. Fri to Mon. Ensenada Weekend Cruise. Best Thanksgiving EVER!!

Dec 5 Ho Ho Holy Lands for the Holidays. Jerusalem Bethlehem, Nazareth, Masada Rome.

April[masked] Tibet Motorcycle Road Trip. w/ EBC on China side. We provide the bikes!~

Ok . . . See you at the Zoom.

Anna & Marc

Coffee Talkie: Second Sunday (on Saturday) Morn'n Coffee Social @ Farmers Market

The Original Farmers Market

Since there is so much interest in the bean, . . .And since there is so much interest in good decent social, . . .

Here is what will happen. Starting at 10:00, . . . We will have an nice and simple Coffee and Conversation.

The idea is simple, . . . you want some people to get together with for some intelligent conversation over coffee, tea or any other elixir.

Each table will be a topic. . . . .
. . . Let's call that a "Table Topic"

Pick a topic an join in on the conversation. It's that simple.

CLICK HERE to post your Table Topic suggestions in the comments section of the main place posted. Post your ideas for Table Topics in the comments here or there.

Cost? Whatever you drink (and eat). Please do patronize the Farmers Market places with a drink or some bites.

Making this a No Plus One event, . . . meaning, . . . If you want to bring a +1 have them RSVP on the group.

This way we all come "solo."

Totally removes some stigma that way. Come have some stigma free coffee.

Come alone leave with some friends.
Come with friends, . . . leave with more friends.

What's that? This sounds like so much fun you would like to help host or even be the host? Or you want to join in on organizing this?

No sweat. CLICK HERE to send a note and we can make that happen. Everything is all set up. All you need to do is smile and wave. And you know how to do that!!

What about Covid? Whatever the Federal, State, County or City rules, or whatever is in place from the management will be in force.
At the moment that may be pretty much "don't get in people's faces" and respect distance when asked.

This event is cross posted (posted to several groups). So the number of RSVP's do not reflect the real total RSVP'd. Last time we had about 40 folks.

This Coffee Talkie event is part of a Series. As of now we are doing it monthly on the Second Sunday. BUT .. . we are doing on Sat in Feb . . . Because we have Getty Villa on Sunday
So we are doing Second Sunday on Saturday. Just go with it. We are quirky in that way (just like you).

IF there is great demand (lots of people RSVP'ing to these dates) then we will add to make it twice a month or every other weekend. So let us now your interest so we can know if we need to add dates and locations.

The aim will be to make this a Monthly event that tries out a different place each time. And alternates between the city and the Valley. This is the City version.

CLICK HERE to send a note with your suggestions of other places. Here are some ideas we are working on.

Farmers Market (City)
Marie Et Cie (Valley)
Café Loft (K-Town)
Concerto (K-Town)
Groundwork (Valley)
Copa Vida (Pasadena)
Hot And Cool

Post in the comments your vote for any of these as future location OR other coffee places that have enough space, seating and nearby or available parking.

CLICK HERE to RSVP on the The MAIN location where this is posted to is
RSVP there to be part of any discussions or announcements.

CLICK HERE to see and join in on all our upcoming events

{Free} Getty Villa Art Adventure/Montessori Scavenger Hunt/Kinetic Art Activity

Getty Villa . . . such an unbelievably cool place.

Let's go and be tourists in our own town!!

On the plans are:

  • Guided Tour of the Outer Peristyle
  • Small Art Lesson "The Lost Language of Hands" in the amphitheater.
  • Montessori Museum Scavenger Hunt/Kinetic Art Activity
  • Potluck lunch in the outdoor picnic area

Yes. It's a free event. (well . . . you do need to pay for parking)

We have a timed reservation for a group of 100 AND a parking reservation for up to 100 cars (but we should try and carpool to make it less cars)

HOWEVER . . . your name and info has to be on the list for us give to the gate.

To lead an event at Getty Villa they do ask it that we try and carpool where we can. The form above will also be the Carpool Resource.
CLICK HERE FOR CARPOOL RESOURCE FORM (it's the same as the gate entry list). A few days before the event I will email you a link to the spreadsheet responses so you can then find a carpool buddy.

Attendance is NOT first come first served. Your attendance will be depending upon if you have filled out our google form to have your name on gate entry the list.

And yes, . . .the museum is fully aware we are coming and doing this. So it's not like we will get in trouble. But we still have to behave and follow rules. We will also abide by any and all Covid Rules the Getty Villa requires.

We look forward to you joining us on an Arty Adventure.

  • Itinerary
  • 9:30 to 10:00 Arrival
  • 9:30 to 10:00 Meander and Stroll around the outer gardens and the Peristyle
  • 10AM Meet at the bottom end of the Outer Peristyle for a guided tour of the Outer Peristyle
  • 10 to 10:30 Guided tour of the Outer Peristyle
  • 10:30 Meet at the Amphitheater
  • 10:30 to 11:00 Small Art Lesson AND Instructions for Montessori Museum Scavenger Hunt/Kinetic Art Activity
  • 11:00 to 12:30 Montessori Museum Scavenger Hunt/Kinetic Art Activity
  • 12:30/1:00 to 1:45 Potluck Lunch ( in our reserved picnic area)
  • 2:00 onwards More Museum or head out to other adventure

So here is what will happen.
Getty opens to allow onto the property (parking) at 9:30AM.

The grounds are open but not the main bldg. That opens at 10:00AM

We STRONGLY suggest you are in line at the main gate on PCH no later than 9:30 to get in first and park. Either way, . . . The main part of the meetup will start at 10:30 sharp.

IF you are parked and in there by 10AM you will get the extra bonus Docent Tour of the Peristyle

At 10 we will do a docent tour of the Outer Peristyle area (central garden courtyard) for 30 people max.

At 10:30 the Art Lesson will include The Lost Language of Hands (spoiler alert: it's all about the hands), . . . This will lead us to then having a lot of fun.

After the lesson we will then break people off into groups of 5 (or so) to continue the lesson and fun.

Lunch will in the picnic area reserved for us.

About food/potluck:

THEMED POTLUCK bring anything AS LONG AS you can tie it in to Greek, Italian, Roman. Be creative about it. We will provide the plates, napkins, utensils.

After that spend more time at the museum at your leisure with new friends.

The Getty Villa is a free museum. This is a FREE event (there is no charge from us) BUT . . . You only have to pay for parking.
Parking is $20 per car. You will NEED to have a Museum Entry Ticket we will provide you to be able to be allowed in the parking area.

If you have questions of taking bus or uber, or other parking questions CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to see pix from a previous time we went to Getty Villa
CLICK HERE to see and RSVP on the main event link
CLICK HERE To see and join in on all our events

We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, ethnicity, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.

We believe in creating good decent social that is welcome and inclusive to all. And that includes you!!

We look forward to you joining us on In Person Arty & Social Adventure.

Got Questions about Everest Base Camp/Machu Picchu/Orient Express? ? Let's Zoom

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This Zoom Overseas Event Q & A is a monthly event.

The date gets moved right before the event occurs. This way all the links posted to events keep working.

We are going to postpone our December date because the holidays are are upon us. We will resume in Jan. BUT . . . we will have an online Zoom Travel Social. For that one, the theme will be places we (as a group) want to go and places we have been (people sharing).


It will also be a time to share heart warming or horrible travel tales.

If you are local to LA and want an In-Person thing . . .
Jan 7th That Merlot Moment
Jan 14th Paso Robles Wine Tasting Trip
Jan 15th Getty Center
Feb 12th Getty Villa
Feb 14th Valentines Day Bra Crawl

We have some truly EPIC Overseas events ahead. And Epic Adventure leads to Copious Questions.

To solve that . . . Let's Talk! Join us for a Q & A Zoom where you can ask all your Q's and get all your A's.


6:00 to 7:30pm PST is Q & A about our Overseas Events.
Such as Machu Picchu, Everest Base Camp, Spain Running of the Bulls, France - Foodie & Wine, Meetup On The Orient Express, India and Dubai...

7:30 to 9pm PST Is about camping stuff. Newbie Q's. Gear. Food. Camping Tips.
Including Q & A and about specific local trips/events.

Click Here for the The Local Events and Beginner Camping event

To join the zoom FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM and/or RSVP to this event. We will email direct on the day of to remind you.

What to talk about? Most of the convo will be on the following:

Our events are all very safe, fun, curated, and organized.

Questions about Hotels, Flights, Meals, Museums, Travel during Covid, Plugs, Converters, Money Conversion or whatever!!

All the folks currently signed on to our current events will come and ask all the Q's and get all the deets they want to (they will also get them in writing too). However a lot of folks rather a face and voice compared to an email. It's that whole human interaction thing.

**To join the zoom FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM **We will email direct on the day of to remind you.


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